Houston Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Los Angeles Lakers

Houston Rockets Acquire Lou Williams From Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have traded guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick, according to a person familiar with the deal. Neither Tyler Ennis nor Bobby Brown had stepped up to take the backup point guard minutes and that had caused the previously listed trio to carry a very heavy minutes load. Even after going 0-for-8 from three in his last four games, Muhammad holds a 48.6 three-point percentage going back to December 21. Another report suggests that Williams explosive scoring talent is wasted in Lakers and the trade will be beneficial to both players. His PER, True Shooting % and Offensive Rating are all career-bests as well. Teams can't be this high in the standings so late in the year without a good starting lineup, but they definitely won't be doing much in the early summer without those sixth, seventh, and eighth men. The Rockets have bolstered their reserves with young players the last few years with Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker and Clint Capela.

And as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets. He was their offense on most nights despite having a below.500 record.

Daryl Morey has surrounded James Harden with another shooter, and it's evident that they are fully invested in their "live by the three, die by the three" play style. The Rockets looked visibly exhausted in some sloppy losses leading up to the All-Star break, so adding a bit more depth is very helpful.

It is certainly an interesting trade for Houston. That makes me a little queasy, despite Williams' monster season and an affordable $7 million contract that runs through 2017-18 - big for a capped-out team with limited means to boost the roster in free agency. "They're looking to shed that salary".

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Absolutely, Magic Johnson was promoted from adviser to President of Basketball Operations to make the Lakers a playoff contender again. Johnson had said Williams "has been probably the player everybody has been calling about the most". With the front office leaning more and more on the young core, it's time for the veterans to get sent somewhere else.

The second goal is grow their asset base.

Maybe the Jazz have other plans for Shelvin Mack in another potential deal or perhaps Utah decided its first-round pick was simply too valuable to include in that kind of trade. Given that the 2017 NBA Draft will be insanely deep, that's exactly what Los Angeles wanted. That would also force the Lakers to convey their 2019 pick to Orlando. He has been one of the Lakers leading scorers on the team. With their own pick not guaranteed to them this season, the Lakers acquiring a first round pick helps assure the rebuild isn't derailed in any way this season.

However, in that scenario, the Lakers are going to be up against the ropes trying to clinch a playoff slot in 2018 to prevent Philadelphia from getting a top pick then.

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